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Working As A Web Content Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $52,206

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Content Editor Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become A Web Content Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.

Advancement

Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Web Content Editor Career Paths

Web Content Editor
Content Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Web Content Manager Marketing Manager Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Content Specialist Content Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Creative Director Senior Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Producer Producer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Content Specialist Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Web Content Specialist Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Web Content Manager Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Web Content Specialist Web Content Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Consultant Public Relations Consultant
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Content Editor Senior Editor Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Web Producer Marketing Manager Communications Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Web Content Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

51.6%

Male

45.4%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.4%

French

21.2%

Chinese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Persian

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Korean

1.9%
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Web Content Editor Education

Schools

University of Washington

12.7%

Arizona State University

6.9%

University of Oregon

6.9%

Temple University

5.9%

New York University

4.9%

Northwestern University

4.9%

Columbia College Chicago

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

Stanford University

3.9%

Kent State University

3.9%

Howard University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Columbia University

3.9%

University of Denver

3.9%

American University

3.9%
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Majors

English

21.1%

Journalism

11.8%

Communication

11.1%

Computer Science

6.0%

Marketing

5.3%

Writing

4.9%

Graphic Design

4.9%

Business

4.4%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Public Relations

3.5%

History

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Advertising

2.6%

Information Technology

2.1%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Law

1.9%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.0%

Masters

22.2%

Other

13.1%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

5.8%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Web Content Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Content Editor Hewlett-Packard Company Sunnyvale, CA Dec 05, 2014 $115,669
SR. Web Content Editor Starcom Products, Inc. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $70,000 -
$80,000
SR. Web Content Editor Starcom Products, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jun 09, 2015 $70,000 -
$80,000
SR. Web Content Editor Starcom Products, Inc. New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $70,000 -
$80,000
Web Content Editor Connecorp, LLC Ridgefield, NJ Aug 30, 2014 $62,610
Senior Web Content Editor Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 14, 2010 $60,669
Web Content/Site Editor Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. Fargo, ND Jan 01, 2011 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Web Content Editor

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  1. Web
  2. Online Content
  3. Css
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  • Led development and implementation of Web-based customer and product focused marketing and engineering content.
  • Proofread online content before publishing.
  • Included coding QA for CSS driven layout, links to products, external linking and article editing
  • Manage the firm's intranet by developing content, programming with HTML and CSS, and daily maintenance.
  • Trained other team members on CareFirst content management system and standard operating procedures.

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